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n. a type of joking mania (German, literally: “compulsive wisecracking”), characterized by a morbid desire to tell poor jokes and meaningless stories, that can be a symptom of damage to the frontal lobe of the brain. See also moria.

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June 18th 2024



n. a method of settling controversies in which the parties involved present their arguments and supporting information to an impartial agent, such as a judge or, in a labor dispute, an arbitrator or arbitration board. By mutual agreement, the arbiter’s decision is final. This process is distinguished from mediation, in which the outside agent (the mediator or conciliator) seeks to help the parties reach a mutually acceptable agreement. —arbitrate vb.